George Mortensen Buckingham

First Name: 
George
Middle Name: 
Mortensen
Last Name: 
Buckingham
Alternate Spelling: 
Mortessen (Nominal Roll)
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, February 22, 1888
Mother's Name: 
Kate Buckingham nee Yates
Father's Name: 
Thomas Buckingham
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, October 7, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Corporal
Unit: 
17th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, May 19, 1957
Place of Death: 
Sydney
Details: 

George Buckingham (Service No 3782) was born in Sydney.

At enlistment George was single, 27 years old, and employed as a tram conductor.  George listed his father, Thomas, who lived in Wollongong, N.S.W. as his next of kin.

He embarked from Sydney on HMAT A54 Runic with 17th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement on 20th January 1916.  He arrived in Egypt and was sent on to France with 17th Battalion on 27th March 1916.

George saw service on the Western Front and was promoted to Corporal on 4th August 1917.

On 20th September 1917 while fighting on the Menin Road he was wounded in action and evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his neck.  While in hospital in England he received a visit from his cousin Alice Hayes.

George was repatriated to Australia in January 1918 and discharged medically unfit on 31st July 1918.

In early 1919 George returned to England and on 4th December 1920 he married Alice Hayes in Derbyshire.  They returned to Australia in 1924 and raised two children.

George died in 1957 and is buried in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BUCKINGHAM G M

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